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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Lobeliaceae, M. Thulin. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

Morphology General Habit
Twining and climbing herb, well–developed specimens forming tangling masses, usually more than 1 m. and up to several m. long, from a subglobose tuber, c. 2–3 cm. in diameter; stems sparsely branched, ribbed, glabrous or sparsely puberulous in the inflorescence region only.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate, up to 30–100 x (3)6–40(55) mm., linear to ovate, acute to acuminate or rarely ± obtuse at the apex, attenuate to truncate or subcordate at the base, serrate, glabrous or rarely short pubescent above; venation prominent beneath; petiole 1·5–25 mm. long, often curved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme twining, usually very lax, often more than 50 cm. long, sometimes with ± short and few–flowered branches below; pedicels 2–10(20) mm. long, very finely crisped pubescent to almost glabrous; bracts leaf–like, diminishing in size upwards; bracteoles 0·8–5 mm. long, filiform to lanceolate–acuminate, sometimes denticulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium broadly obconical, 10–nerved, shortly pubescent to glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx–lobes narrowly triangular, erect to reflexed, 1·5–4 mm. or up to 10 mm. long in fruit, with 1–5 pairs of teeth at the margin, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 9–17 mm. long, pale pink to purple or almost white, ± saccate at the base, split to the base into 2 lips, the upper 3–lobed but finally ± disintegrating, the lower divided into 2 free petals; all petals linear, glabrous or sparsely pubescent outside, white pubescent inside, at least on the lower half.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4–8 mm. long; filaments linear, dilated and connate at the base, ± pubescent; anthers elliptic–oblong, 2–3·2 mm. long, lanate with curled hairs c. 1·2–1·5 mm. long on the back of the connective, and at the tip with a tuft of hairs, 0·2–0·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary semi–inferior; style 2·5–5·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid to subglobose, inferior part 3–5·5 mm. long, membranous, with 10 distinct nerves connected by weak transversal nerves; valves 2·5–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds: ± broadly elliptic in outline, ± compressed or irregularly angular, c. 0·8–1·6 mm. long, coarsely reticulate, brown.

[FTEA]

Lobeliaceae, Mats Thulin (University of Uppsala). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1984

Morphology General Habit
Twining and climbing herb, well-developed plants forming tangling masses, usually more than 1 m. and up to several m. long, from a subglobose tuber ± 2–3 cm. in diameter; stems sparsely branched, ribbed, glabrous or sparsely puberulous in the inflorescence region only.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate, up to 30–100 mm. long, (3–)6–40(–55) mm. wide, linear to ovate, acute to acuminate or rarely ± obtuse at the apex, attenuate to truncate or subcordate at the base, serrate, glabrous or rarely shortly pubescent above; venation prominent beneath; petiole 1.5–25 mm. long, often curved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Raceme twining, usually very lax, often more than 50 cm. long, sometimes with ± short and few-flowered branches below; pedicels 2–10(–20) mm. long, very finely crisped pubescent to almost glabrous; bracts leaf-like, diminishing in size upwards; bracteoles 0.8–5 mm. long, filiform to lanceolate-acuminate, sometimes denticulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium broadly obconical, 10-nerved, shortly pubescent to glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes narrowly triangular, erect to reflexed, 1.5–4 mm. or up 10 mm. long in fruit, with 1–5 pairs of teeth at the margin, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 9–17 mm. long, pale pink to purple or almost white, ± saccate at the base, split to the base into 2 lips, the upper 3-lobed but finally ± disintegrating, the lower divided into 2 free petals; all petals linear, glabrous or sparsely pubescent outside, white pubescent inside, at least on the lower half.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4–8 mm. long; filaments linear, dilated and connate at the base, ± pubescent; anthers elliptic-oblong, 2–3.2 mm. long, lanate with curled hairs ± 1.2-1.5 mm. long on the back of the connective, and at the tip with a tuft of hairs 0.2–0.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary semi-inferior; style 2.5–5.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid to subglobose; inferior part 3–5.5 mm. long, membranous, with 10 distinct nerves connected by weak transverse nerves; valves 2.5–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ± broadly elliptic in outline, ± compressed or irregularly angular, ± 0.8–1.6 mm. long, coarsely reticulate, brown.
Habitat
Grassland, woodland and thickets; 840–2600 m.
Distribution
T4 T5 T7 T8

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zaïre

Cyphia lasiandra Diels appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1984 Stolz, A. [2521], Tanzania K000228829 isotype
Jan 1, 1978 Stolz, A. [2521], Tanzania K000228828 isotype
Jan 1, 1978 Zerny, H. [432], Tanzania K000228830 isotype
Milne-Redhead, E. [8889], Tanzania 31169.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [9605], Tanzania 31205.000
Patel, H. [7355], Mozambique K000613617
Harris, T. [208], Mozambique K000613283
Timberlake, J. [5018], Mozambique K000613397
Patel, H. [7344], Mozambique K000613606
Jan 1, 1978 Whyte, A. [s.n.], South Africa Cyphia nyasica K000228823 holotype
Jan 1, 1978 Whyte, A. [s.n.], South Africa Cyphia nyasica K000228824 holotype

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 26: 111 (1898)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Diels in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 26: 111 (May 1898).
  • E. Wimmer in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV. 276 c: 991, fig. 66/D (1968).
  • Thulin in Bot. Notis. 131: 469 (1978)
  • Thulin in Flora Zambesiaca 7 (1): 156 (1983).

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